Global warming: the French government has three months to prove they are fulfilling their commitments

Published by Laurent P. · Published on 19 November 2020 at 15h20 · Updated on 20 November 2020 at 12h21
The State Council gave three months to the French government to prove they were fulfilling their commitments to fight against global warming. A necessary intervention after the city of Grande-Synthe, along with other cities and NGOs, referred to the authority.

Proof of their commitments in the fight against global warming… This is what the State Council needs after being referred to by several cities in France, Grande-Synthe first, along with NGOs. This Thursday November 19, the country’s highest administrative jurisdiction said the government has three months to prove they are fulfilling their commitments.

For the record, the State has committed itself – according to the Paris Agreement signed in 2015 – to reach a “40% decrease in 2030 of emissions in comparison with their level in 1990” as recalled by BFMTV. But here is the problem: “carbon budgets” have exceeded and the government has decided to review the goals down. Obligations the State has yet to fulfill: this is “a decree that seems historical” former Minister of the Ecology and Grande-Synthe lawyer Corinne Lepage thinks. Same thing for L'Affaire du siècle, an NGO association that referred to the judge for “climatic inaction”.

The State Council underlines the State has commitments, not means, but results. Twice they use “effectiveness” which means that politicians are not supposed to be sole pretty commitments on paper” the former minister says. “The State must fulfill their commitments for the climate (and) have to prove the means they are instating to reach foals” the NGO association concludes on Twitter.

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